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Girl Scouts Seeking Women Of Distinction
Montrose Lions Donate To Monument Fund
15th Annual Dairy Day At Elk Lake
High Bidding At Dairy Pie Auction
Come See Me!
Transcript Accepting Credit Card Payments
Flood Warning System Helps Alert Residents
Post 357 Honors Past Officers
4-H News
B. F. Skinner Is "Remembered"
Free GED Classes
Updyke Angus Receives National Recognition
County Welcomes New Watershed Specialist
Blue Ridge Senior Center Update

Girl Scouts Seeking Women Of Distinction

Girl Scouts, Scranton Pocono Council is currently seeking nominations for its Eighth Annual Women of Distinction Awards.

The Women of Distinction Award is presented to women who embody the ideals of the Girl Scout Movement. This award recognizes local women whose work has made a significant contribution to the community at large.

Pictured, (l-r) are: standing – Ned Boehm, Keystone College; Christine Clark, Highlights for Children; Regina Boehm, Keystone College; Kate Crowley, event co-chairperson. Seated – LaMarr Schneider Coe, executive director; Linda Donovan, PNC Bank.

"These women exemplify the important role of Girl Scouting in the lives of so many women who have achieved success at home, in their communities and in their careers," said LaMarr Schneider Coe, council executive director. "The Women of Distinction Award celebrates the success of today’s woman and the contribution of Girl Scouting to the lives of women and girls," she added.

Businesses, community groups, churches, synagogues, other organizations and individuals are invited and encouraged to submit for consideration women who are either residents or natives of the Scranton Pocono Council geographic service area which encompasses Lackawanna, Monroe, Wyoming, Susquehanna, Wayne and Pike counties.

In addition, the nominee must have been a registered Girl Scout as a child or as an adult. The application deadline is April 30, 2004.

For more information about the Women of Distinction Awards or for a nomination form, call Nikki Hlavacek Keller toll-free at 877-582-2100.

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Montrose Lions Donate To Monument Fund

The Susquehanna County Civil War Monument Restoration project recently received a donation from the Montrose Lions Club in the amount of $500 for the perpetual care of the County’s civil war monument. A fund has been established at the Susquehanna County Community Foundation for this purpose. Funding has been secured for the restoration of the monument, with work scheduled to begin in mid-April, and to be completed by July 1.

Pictured (l-r) Betty Smith and Ron Albert of the Civil War Monument Restoration Committee accept a donation from Larry Kelly, President of the Montrose Lions Club and Dan Regan, Lions Club member, for the perpetual care of the county’s Civil War Monument, located on the Green in Montrose.

Donations for the preservation of the monument may be sent to the Civil War Monument Restoration Fund, c/o Susquehanna County Court House, PO Box 218, Montrose, PA 18801.

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15th Annual Dairy Day At Elk Lake

Record crowds came to the Elk Lake School, on a beautiful spring-like day for the 15th annual Dairy Day. Over 1,000 spectators enjoyed demonstrations, exhibits as well as a roast beef, baked fish dinner.

"Dairy Day is an opportunity for farm families to visit commercial and agricultural exhibits as well as attend educational programs," stated Sue Pease, event organizer. "It's also a chance for the farming community to visit with friends and enjoy the wide variety of fun and interesting events at Dairy Day," she added.

For the day, the school was transformed into a farmer's delight. Upon entering, participants got a chance to take a walk through history with an antique farming exhibit sponsored by the Endless Mountains Antique Tractor Club.

Matthew and Michael Saravitz of Friendsville, PA showed their spirit at the 15th annual Dairy Day held at Elk Lake High School.

The gymnasium housed 77 exhibitor booths ranging from feed companies and banks to custom farming operations and farm equipment companies. One of the most popular parts of the gym was the Dairy Promotion Committee's Dairy Bar. Members of the Dairy Princess Court served over 60 gallons of homemade ice cream with such tempting flavors as Strawberry, Peanut Butter Swirl and of course everyone's favorite Chocolate! The Dairy Promotion also served cheese and crackers. Another hit of the day was free 'Got Milk' posters featuring the Scrubbs cast, the Hulk, Hilary Duff, Tom Brady and many others.

Throughout the halls of the schools, EMHS, Barnes-Kasson Hospital, Belltone Better Hearing and the PA Department of Health offered participants a wide variety of health screenings including tetanus and pneumonia shots, blood pressure, hemocult and various blood tests. Also the Red Cross of Montrose was there to offer information regarding preparing for disasters.

The classrooms offered educational programs and exhibits. Penn State Cooperative Extension speaker Dave Messersmith, Agronomy Agent from Wayne County educated individuals on a variety of topics including Pesticide Jeopardy, Managing Corn Insects with New BT Hybrids and Navigating the PSU Education Website. New herbicide and pesticide points were available by attending these sessions.

Hal Needham, Penn State GIS analyst, showed farmers how to use the internet to find their farms and put their commodities on Agmap.

A highlight for the children was a farm safety display sponsored by the Endless Mountains Farm and Rural Safety Program. Many kids got a chance to test their knowledge about farm safety by pointing out the hazards and risks on the scaled model of a common farm.

No Dairy Day would be complete without everyone enjoying a meal prepared by the Elk Lake Cafeteria staff. And that's just what they did! Over 700 people enjoyed a lunch with the choice of macaroni and cheese, baked fish or roast beef including all the trimmings.

The Dairy Day committee is already working on how to make next year's Dairy Day an even bigger success. Thanks to all the exhibitors and to all of the farmers for coming to the 15th Annual Dairy Day.

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High Bidding At Dairy Pie Auction

The Elk Lake School stage was host to 28 delectable pies ranging from Peanut Butter, Glazed Apple Custard and Maple Pecan to Lemon Meringue and Triple Berry. The pies were baked by local residents as part of the pie auction at Dairy Day. But first, the Susquehanna County Commissioners Jeff Loomis, Mary Ann Warren and Roberta Kelly had the tough job of tasting the adult's pies to determine which were the top prize winners. Mark Pease, of Pease Farms in Susquehanna, judged the pies in the youth division of the contest.

Pie Winners (l-r) were: Valerie Trowbridge, Maria Trowbridge and Robin Campbell. Absent from the photo were: Becky Darling and Kaitlin Depew.

This year's adult pie baking winners were: Valerie Trowbridge, Becky Darling, and Robin Campbell. In the junior division, winners were Kaitlin Depew and Maria Trowbridge. The top price paid was for Abbey Puzo’s fresh strawberry pie.

Auctioneer David Coddington rallied the 'pie-eyed crowd' and began the bidding high. After all of the 28 pies were auctioned off and the buyers smiling, the total amount was a record $2,305. This money will be split between the 4-H Dairy program and the Susquehanna County Dairy promotion committee.

A special thank you to all pie buyers.

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Come See Me!

Hi! My name is Hogan! I’m a mellow, sweet, one-year old male Rotti/Shepherd mix. I’ve been here an awfully long time and I’m beginning to think no one wants me. I would make such a wonderful companion for that special someone. I’ve been waiting so patiently. Won’t you come see me?

Please come see me at the Susquehanna County Humane Society Shelter, in Montrose, (570) 278–1228.

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Transcript Accepting Credit Card Payments

The Susquehanna County Transcript is now accepting Master Card or Visa for payment of any and all our services.

Anyone wishing to charge a current bill is welcome to stop in at our offices, 212-216 Exchange Street, Susquehanna, or call us at 1-800-372-7051.

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Flood Warning System Helps Alert Residents

Montrose, PA – Pennsylvania is one of the most flood-prone states in the nation, according to county emergency management officials, and flash floods can be killers.

"In 1999 three major floods affected more than 30,000 residents and did extensive damage in fifteen counties," said Mark Wood, Deputy Coordinator of Susquehanna County Emergency Management Agency. "Flash floods can strike with little or no warning and often in areas where it is not raining.

"Over the years most flood-related fatalities occurred when the classic wall-of-water ravaged an unsuspecting community. Often there was no advance warning to alert officials or residents in flood-prone areas."

After the devastating 1977 flood in Johnstown, the state and the National Weather Service (NWS) developed a system to monitor the amount of rain that was falling and to use this information to identify a potential flood before it occurred. The Integrated Flood Observation and the Warning System (IFLOWS) provides state and county emergency management officials with the capability to monitor developing flood conditions so that public warning and response can be initiated.

The components of this statewide system are both automated and manual. More than 300 automated rain gauges are located in remote areas, in 30 flood-prone counties. These automated gauges record actual rainfall amounts and transmit this data to the county emergency management agency offices.

The rainfall data is combined with information from the NWS on soil saturation, snow pack, runoff rates and other related conditions. County computers constantly monitor this data and identify developing flood conditions. With this information, local officials can initiate timely community protective actions to move property and residents from harm’s way.

In addition to this automated system, there are approximately 2,000 volunteers who monitor 1,550 manual rain gauges and staff gauges located in selected rivers and streams. "These volunteers are the backbone of our system," Wood says.

When flooding is anticipated, local officials broadcast emergency information and instructions on radio and television over the Emergency Alert System (EAS). Areas that should be avoided, locations of temporary housing and ways of obtaining emergency assistance will be announced. "If you live in an area that floods regularly, listen carefully to all severe weather warnings and act immediately if protective measures are advised," the coordinator said. "Floods can occur any time of the year, but most happen in the spring and summer."

David M. Sanko, director of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, said that it is essential that Pennsylvanians be aware of the potential for serious flooding to occur in virtually any community in the state.

"Over the past 25 years, 20 major floods claimed more than 200 lives and destroyed over $3 billion in property," said Sanko. "Yet despite this history and Pennsylvania's national ranking as one of the most flood prone states, only about 20 percent of the homeowners and businesses in the flood plain and flood-prone areas of the state are protected by flood insurance.

"I urge everyone living in flood potential areas to purchase flood insurance. If you’re not sure if your home is in the flood plain, ask your insurance agent, or check your community’s flood plain maps on file at your municipal building," Sanko said.

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Post 357 Honors Past Officers

The Hallstead–Great Bend American Legion Post 357, on Saturday, March 14, honored their past commanders, past auxiliary presidents and past Sons of the Legion (SAL) commanders.

Commander Rick Rood opened the night’s program with a Salute to the flag, led by the posts’ first commander (1946) Walter Woolbaugh. A prayer was read by Irene Welch.

Guests and members introduced by Commander Rood were: Walter Woolbaugh; Dwight Whited, the posts’ first chaplain; Pete Janicelli, Commander and Joe Bucci Vice Commander of the Strider-Teskey Post 86, Susquehanna; Central Section Vice Commander Britt Cresse of Post 86; 15th District Sgt. at Arms, Andy Pickney; Central Section Adjutant Marvin Blachman; Aide to 15 District Commander, Robert Frable; Squadron Commander, William Lochman; John Bronchella, County Service Officer.

Remarks were made by Betty Booth; SAL Commander Andy Kovitch and Steward Judy Chauncey.

Commander Rood explained the beginning of the post in 1946 – in more or less – a small building. Today, the 357 Post can boast one of the nicest homes in the county.

A sing-a-along of God Bless America and a prayer read by Russ McCracken, ended the program.

As usual, the dinner and dessert served by the men and women of the K of C of Great Bend, got an A-plus.

For several weeks, the Post has been developing a piece of land near the Legion Home that will be used for sports – like baseball, softball. The field will be named in honor of Walter Woolbaugh, the Posts’ first commander and one of the most enthusiastic sports figure in the area.

All names of past officers were read. Since the organizing of the post, 29 served as commander, with Walt Woolbaugh, the first, Terry Rafferty, first past commander and present commander, Rick Rood.

For the Auxiliary officers, Betty Willimas, was the first president; Joyce Plevinsky, first past president and present president, Pat Yonkin. 27 served as president.

For the SAL (late starters) nine served as commanders. First, David Derrick; first past commander Dale Jesse; present commander, Andy Kovitch, serving his second term.

As always, the table depicting the missing-in-action and the POWs chair and table were neatly decorated. Poppies were strewn on the banquet tables.

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4-H News

North Jackson Ag

The North Jackson 4-H Club held its re-organizational meeting on March 7, at the South New Milford Baptist Church. A potluck dinner was served and enjoyed by the sixty members, leaders, and parents that were in attendance. President Abby Onyon called the meeting to order.

The meeting began with a brief review of club member's achievements of the past year. Members that competed at state and national levels were recognized. Secretary Beth Giangrieco read a copy of a letter that was sent to families in California. The letter included a small donation that was designated to provide aid for 4-H families that were affected by the damage caused by forest fires during the past summer.

Leaders Ed Cameron and Catherine Bente gave brief updates on shooting sports events and a fiber festival, respectively. Club members Abby Onyon and Beth Giangrieco encouraged the club to participate in the March of Dimes for a community service.

Certificates of completion for the past year were awarded to club members. Enrollment forms and schedules were handed out. The members were reminded of the $10 fee needed to enroll in 4-H this year. Committees for community service ideas, window display for National 4-H week, and beautification projects were introduced, and members were asked to sign up if interested.

Member Megan Carey gave a brief report on recent horse member events, such as a trip to Harrisburg for a Horse Expo. The next meeting will be held on April 3, 7 p.m. at the Pavelski’s home. The election of officers will be held. Members are reminded to dress warm for the next meeting.

Katie Onyon, News Reporter

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B. F. Skinner Is "Remembered"

Known throughout the world as a Behaviorist Psychologist, the late B. F. Skinner would have been 100 years old this past March 20, 2004. He was born in Susquehanna on March 20, 1904 at 433 Grand Street (the home still standing and owned by Carol Phillips). He graduated from Susquehanna High School and went on to be one of the worlds best known Psychologists. Many controversial words were written in regard to B. F., and his books. But, we met the "man" – the professor – in February, 1977 as he and a London Television crew came to Susquehanna to film his life. We found the man quite "down to earth" during his few days here filming, that included a visit to the Transcript office, while the presses were running. He was very familiar with the Transcript, being a visitor of U. G. Baker every chance he got while in school and Susquehanna.

Mr. Skinner was a professor at Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass., for many years, and wrote several books on Behaviorism (one that I have in my possession, signed by B. F., when he was here). While here he talked of the many people he knew, and his teachers in school. Whether or not he was a "very controversial" writer, he came across to me as a straight shooter, with the words, "Now let me tell it like it really is."

Also while here in 1977 – a very cold week – he was a constant visitor at the home of Alice French, of the Oakland side, a school mate who he posed with him for the TV. All in all, it was a great day for the Transcript and Susquehanna, as the TV special was shown (mostly) in England, with a revised form in the United States.

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Free GED Classes

Education is a necessity for success in today’s competitive job market. With a high school diploma there is little chance for employment beyond entry-level positions.

Without a high school diploma the dream of attaining financial stability and security is not realistic.

It is never too late to attain the education and skills that will improve your employment opportunities.

The Susquehanna County Literacy Program (SCLP) is here to help county residents reach their educational goals. If it is a high school diploma that is holding you back, it is time to take the step forward that can change your life.

SCLP is now offering GED classes in four locations throughout Susquehanna County. Classes will be available in Hallstead, Lanesboro, Forest City, and South Montrose. There is no fee. The help is free.

For specific details pertaining to date, time, and location, call the Susquehanna County Literacy Program at 278–9027.

Make 2004 the year that you take charge of your future.

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Updyke Angus Receives National Recognition

Howard and Audrey Updyke, Meshoppen, have been recognized nationally by the American Angus Association for having one registered Angus cow included in the Association’s 2004 Pathfinder Report.

Only 2,099 of the more than 34,000 American Angus Association members are represented in this year’s report, according to John Crouch, executive vice president of the Association with headquarters in St. Joseph, Missouri.

The Pathfinder Program identifies superior Angus cows based upon recorded performance traits that are economically important to efficient beef production. These traits include early and regular calving and heavy weaning weights, reports Bill Bowman, Association director of performance programs. More than 1,330,000 eligible dams were examined to determine Pathfinder status. All registered Angus cows that meet the strict Pathfinder standards are listed, along with their owners, in the Pathfinder Report that is published annually by the Association.

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County Welcomes New Watershed Specialist

The Susquehanna County Conservation is pleased to announce Steve Fisher as the new watershed specialist. Steve graduated from Bloomsburg University and has a BA in environmental planning. He now resides in Springville, PA.

Steve has been working hard for our district on various projects. He is coordinating the Envirothon competition, which is an environment awareness competition for area youth. Steve is in charge of a well water testing program which will test up to 500 samples free of charge for Susquehanna County residents. In addition to those programs Steve administers state grant funds to be used for construction and assessment of projects within the county’s watersheds. Susquehanna County welcomes Steve to his new position to implement these programs for the good of our county.

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Blue Ridge Senior Center Update

February, the month of romance, the month of the heart, the month of presidents birthdays and the shortest month of the year. But this year was leap year and we had an extra day.

We were very busy during this short month. We had a Valentine's Day Party and it was great. About 30 out - Mary White was in charge of the affair, she did the planning, the favors, the sweets, and prepared all things used during the time we partied. First we had pizza, many different varieties, and soda. Then the "King" and "Queen" were picked and crowned. Gene Paungarden was the King and Betty Goff the Queen. They were each presented with a love-bear and also pictures were taken. Favors were by each place setting. Our rooms were decorated with hearts, cupids, red streamers, flowers and so much more, it looked very pretty. After the pizza we had delicious cupcakes frosted red and white and each had a heart lollipop in the center. Then door prizes were awarded, the following were the lucky ones: Shirley Travis, Dot Hellman, Marion Smith, Alice Smith, Helen Randall, Katherine Seward, Doris Florence, Marion Kotar and Betty Goff. Almost all stayed to play dirty bingo. Many, many thanks to Mary White for making this a special and fun afternoon.

Joan from A. C. Moore came with supplies and those who signed up made a spring floral door piece. They were very pretty and each an original.

Another one of those mystery trips. A busload plus a full car went. Our first stop was the Branch library in Hallstead, Angie greeted us and told some about the working and what is offered. After a quick look around, we traveled to Montrose and yes we had another library to visit. This time the Susquehanna County Library and Historical Society. We broke up into two groups and half went upstairs and the rest stayed down. The ladies of the Library and Historical Society gave us the grand tour. All found the stop interesting and very informative. Can you believe this, several had never been in our County Library before. Now that they have found it, I hope they will make many more trips and enjoy all that is offered. Then on to the collective gift and antique shops on the corner of Main and So. Main. Our last stop was at the Stables and we had supper before driving home. It was an interesting and different day.

Toward the end of the month a large group went to Clifford to the Mt. View Restaurant for lunch. Always enjoy eating out.

That's about it for February, 2004. Take care, see you at the Center.

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